Tutorial: How To Set Up A Nameserver For your DomainAfter registering a domain name and setting up your web hosting account, the next step is to make your domain name accessible to online users who type in your domain URL in their browser.

You make your domain name visible to online users by “pointing” your domain name to your web host servers.

To do this you need to update the nameservers for your domain with the nameserver settings provided by your web hosting company (see screenshot below) …

Setting Up Nameservers

Nameservers work behind the scenes to tell your browser where to look on the Internet to find the web server your domain is hosted on. It may sound complicated, but you don’t need any technical knowledge to do this – the tutorials on this page will show you how to set up a nameserver for your domain.

To help you understand the importance of getting this step right, here’s a screenshot of what happens if your nameservers have not been set up (or set up incorrectly) and someone types your URL into their browser …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

As you can see from the screenshot above, online users will see an error message like the above, instead of going to your domain and seeing your site.

Watch the video below and then follow the step-by-step tutorial to learn how to configure your domain nameservers correctly …

How To Set Up A Nameserver For Your Domain Name

Once you have your domain name and webhosting account all set up, the next step is to connect your domain and web host together, so that when people type your domain name in their browsers, they will actually end up going to your website.

Note: If you have bought a domain through HostGator and set up a hosting account with them, then you can skip this step, as HostGator will automatically configure your domain to work on their nameservers.

If you have registered a domain name with GoDaddy.com (or another domain registrar), then you will need to instruct GoDaddy to point your domain to your webhosting server.

Setting Up Your Nameserver – Tutorial

For this tutorial we will use GoDaddy.com. Other domain registrars should have a similar function to allow you to set up your domain nameservers.

Go to GoDaddy and enter your username and password to log into your account …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

After being logged in, click on My Account (1), then select the All Products tab (2) and move your cursor over the Domains tab (3), then scroll down to the Management section and click on Domain Management (4) …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

Typically, most users will only have one or a few domains. If you have registered many domains, use one of the administration find / search features to locate the domain name you want to modify …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

Click on the checkbox next to the domain to activate the domain name management options in the menu section above the domain list section.

Locate the Nameservers settings function …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

Click on the Nameservers section and select the Set Nameservers menu item …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

A pop up window with the Set Nameservers settings will appear on your screen …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

Select “I have specific nameservers for my domains” and replace any existing addresses (or type into the fields if blank) the nameserver addresses from your HostGator welcome email into the Nameserver 1: and Nameserver 2: fields.

Leave the other nameserver fields blank.

Verify that you have entered the nameserver addresses correctly and click OK to save your new settings.

A message will appear letting you know that your changes have been submitted. Note: It can take anywhere between 2 to 48 hours for the changes to take effect. This is because domain name servers around the internet have to be notified of the changes made to your server address. Click OK to dismiss the message …

Setting Up Your Nameservers

That’s it … you have set up your domain nameserver settings. Allow a day or so for the change to take effect and continue on with the next step. If you experience any problems, contact GoDaddy for support and assistance.

Click one of the links below to continue …

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